HOLLYWOOD—Alan Thicke, who portrayed the patriarch Jason Seaver on the popular ABC series “Growing Pains” died on Tuesday, December 13 at the age of 69. According to reports, Thicke, was playing hockey with one of his sons when he suffered a heart attack.
The actor was transported to a Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Los Angeles where he later died. Thicke appeared on the recent reality series “Unusually Thicke” on POP TV. Bob Saget tweeted, “So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Allen.”
Thicke who is originally from Canada, hosted his own talk show in Canada during the 1980s, titled “The Alan Thicke Show.” The actor also wrote theme songs for several popular TV shows including “Diff’rent Strokes.” His breakout success came in 1985 when he cast as Jason Seaver in the family TV show, “Growing Pains” alongside Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller. The series lasted for a total of seven seasons, ending its run in 1992.
He also hosted the Canadian game show “First Impressions” in the 70s and the celebrity game show “Animal Crack-Ups” in the 80s.
He is survived by his wife Tanya and three sons Brennan, Carter and singer Robin Thicke who was once married to actress Paula Patton. He recently appeared on the TV shows “Scream Queens,” “Fuller House” and the pilot episode of the NBC drama “This is Us.”
Written By Casey Jacobs